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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 01:20 PM 04/23/07 (CST)
The weight measuring type, not the outside of a fish kind.

This may seem like a rookie question, but do you jab the fish through the, I don't know, "chin" I guess, and hang the fish by its jawbone? That's how it seems. But I've never actually seen someone use a fish scale first hand.
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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 04:47 PM 04/23/07 (CST)
Most scales that you use to weigh fish, have a hook. But the recommended way is for you to put the hook between the gill plate and the gills. BE SURE NOT to hook the gills, that's what they need to breathe with. This is how most line class records are done.

In our tournaments we are using a tub to put them in. You can do that by zeroing out the tub and whatever you use to hang it on the hook, then add the fish and get the weight. We are currently moving to a system to weigh the fish in water, but its a little more investment and takes a little time to setup. But it's safer for the fish, is faster since they are not fighting it and a better way.

I prefer you don't punch the hook thru any part of the fish, but release the fish as soon as you can with the least harm, for others to catch. If you're going to keep it and eat it, do whichever way you want. Thats my two cents worth. Thanks.


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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 11:12 AM 04/24/07 (CST)
Bigger fish I weigh in the Net and subtract the weight of the net.

For the smaller ones that need to be weighed I use a fish bag which has a handle.

Normally I'll just get the length without weighing the fish.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 11:54 AM 04/24/07 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 02:14 PM 04/24/07 (CST)
Thanks dpirila. I'm strictly a catch-and-release angler. I prefer not to jab the fish as well. (At least with anything larger than a 3/0 wide gap.) I'm not entering tournaments or anything either. I'm just a weekend warrior. But now that I'm consistently catching bass, I'm really curious as to their poundage. I'm betting that 5 pounder I landed last summer wasn't really 5 lbs; but I haven't wanted to purchase a scale that seemed to unnecessarily damage the fish.

I was actually thinking someone would say "Don't go through the gills." I saw some potential for damage there. But I think I'll pick up I little spring scale and try it out that way. Very gently of course.
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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 02:23 PM 04/24/07 (CST)
You can get a scale that basically grabs their lip with 2 pinchers and holds them. it doesn't have a hook at all. This will make sure you don't do any damage to the fish.




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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 02:28 PM 04/24/07 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 02:34 PM 04/24/07 (CST)
I don't use a scale at all. Its easier to exaggerate without a scale being there to call me a liar.

Without a scale around all 2 pound fish turn into 3 pound fish, all 5 pound fish turn into 6 pound fish. I don't need something to contradict me, thats what the wife is for.


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 02:36 PM 04/24/07 (CST)
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Daily Subscription Msg 10 Posted: 02:44 PM 04/24/07 (CST)
Ha! "fish bag". That just sort of clicked. I know exactly what you're talking about now. Duh. I apparently skimmed over that the first read. That's a good idea too. Actually, that's a really good idea.

I fish out of a small, one man, pontoon (Fish Cat Cougar), so I don't have a ton of extra space. But I think I could find the room for a scale and a bag. That seems the least traumatic for the fish for sure.
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